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Artist of the Month
February 2023

Artist of the Month

Nick Mount

Nick Mount was among the first generation of artists to be introduced to glass in Australia in the early '70s. He and his partner, Pauline, established Victoria’s first private hot glass studio and developed an internationally renowned arts practice that continues to reach new levels of technical and artistic achievement today. Nick is represented by Sabbia Gallery, Sydney, Australia, and his show, Still Alive + Mobile is on through February 18.

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Nick Mount

Artist of the Month

About Nick Mount

Nick Mount’s work represents a symbiosis of contrasting yet complimentary elements. His new works are at once energetic and expressive, and intimate and illusive; playful and provocative, and soft and seductive.

Providing endless opportunity to experiment with the arrangement of elements within a composition, the work tells a story of form and finish, texture and tone, technique and intuition. Functional objects and geometric forms are positioned alongside fruits, both real and imagined. A symbolic reminder of our changing environment, the work is also a reminder that the old can be new again.

Based in Adelaide, South Australia, Nick works out of a home studio and the JamFactory’s open access hot shop. In the traditions of the studio glass movement, he is an advocate for communal training and production, and has a reputation for being a generous teacher and mentor. He also travels regularly, both exhibiting and demonstrating around the world.

Nick’s work is materials and process driven. His early exposure to the thriving studio glass scene on the West Coast of the United States, and the historic and cultural traditions of the Venetians remain an enduring influence. So too does his commitment to continually expanding his knowledge of the enigmatic qualities of glass and his belief in the power of working with his hands. More broadly, Nick draws on that which is most important to him: his family; the productive garden he and Pauline have spent thirty years cultivating; the glass community; and the people and places he visits.

Over the years, Nick has participated in countless exhibitions and has had work acquired by more than 20 public collections internationally, including the National Gallery of Australia, the Corning Museum of Glass and the Palm Springs Art Museum in the US, and the Toyama Glass Art Museum in Japan.  In a career spanning almost 50 years, Nick has made a significant contribution to the development of studio glass as an artistic medium in Australia and is celebrated as a master of his craft.

Acknowledgment of Gallery:
We are grateful to Sabbia Gallery, Sydney, Australia, for providing the Artist of the Month.

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